GiveDirectly (GD) aims to reshape international giving – and millions of lives – by allowing donors to provide capital grants directly to the world’s poorest. The Brookings Institution estimates that $70B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $135B each year, much of which is allocated to evidence-free interventions. GiveDirectly wants to change that, establishing a benchmark, and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty. GiveDirectly has raised over $400M in revenue (>$150M in 2020 alone), while being recognized as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company. The growing movement toward cash transfers and GD’s role in that movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and Business Insider.
Cash transfers are at a potential inflection point: COVID-19 has amplified the challenges of bulkier in-kind aid models, and governments are deploying cash as their most common tool of assistance to vulnerable populations. GiveDirectly has an opportunity to leverage its strong track record (i.e. operations across 9 countries, >$250M transferred to over a million individuals, 13 randomized control trials), to both deliver immense impact and position itself as the premiere cash implementation vehicle globally.
We’re looking for exceptional talent to grow our collaborative, diverse team. Joining GiveDirectly provides the opportunity to work alongside individuals who come from 21 different countries and speak 69 different languages. We’re actively working toward an equitable and inclusive environment for all team members, and seek candidates who will bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our organization. We recruit from organizations across all industries: our team has hailed from sectors including start-ups, government, consultancies, investment banks, and nonprofits.
Across our global offices, our culture is candid, analytical, non-hierarchical, and fast-paced. We value ability, adaptability, and willingness to learn. We offer competitive salary and benefits, as well as performance-based bonuses.
In April 2020, GiveDirectly launched a US COVID response, Project 100, and disbursed over $100M in cash to 100K Americans in less than 100 days — 100% remotely. This year, GiveDirectly is increasing its investment in the US and officially launching its US Country Team.
The US Senior Manager will be the primary driver and designer of operations in the US. As a senior member of GiveDirectly’s first US Country Team, you will be crucial in driving opportunities for new business, building partnerships, and designing, launching and managing new programs. The US Senior Manager will have a unique opportunity to drive impact and innovation in the US cash sector at a time when cash is receiving unprecedented attention and interest in the public eye.
We’re looking for candidates who will be based in the United States and willing to travel domestically as needed.
Please note you must be authorized to work in the United States, as we are unable to sponsor international candidates for this position.
End-to-end project management
Own a rich project management plan and coordinate with stakeholders to ensure successful end-to-end execution
Design operational models for new programs, including assessing trade-offs of different design decisions (e.g. targeting, payments, customer service)
Define, track, and report operational and efficiency metrics
Dynamically identify operational vulnerabilities (e.g. fraud, brand risk etc) and create solutions to de-risk
Directly manage US Associate/Manager whose responsibilities include field team hiring and management, operations quality assurance, and business diligence support
New business development
Ideate, evaluate, and drive new program opportunities, driving end-to-end deal cycle from pitching to launch
Conduct operational diligence, feasibility, and risk assessments for pilots and inbound proposal
Identify and pursue fundraising opportunities for new programs
Establish and maintain high quality relationships with donors and operational partners
Drive communication and alignment across a variety of internal and external stakeholders including GD senior management, donors, operational partners, researchers, and payment providers
Collaborate with partnerships team to create content to drive donor conversations and position GiveDirectly as a leader in the US cash space